CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - If you're considering moving your loved one into an assisted living facility, you want to make sure they're not only comfortable but also safe. While the need for more inspections at these facilities in some states is making news nationwide, Missouri requires more inspections than any other state.
Missouri requires two state inspections per year. Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee require one every two years.
Capetown Administrator Morgan Beasley says Capetown has not have any deficiencies on inspections within the past five years.
"We have the state and federal inspections," Beasley said. "They come at random. You have no idea when they're coming, you have to be prepared at all times."
Beasley says the guidelines in Missouri are strict.
"They're looking out for medication errors, staffing, making sure you're properly staffed, and then the kitchen, making sure there is food safety," said Beasley.
Residents at Capetown also notice extra eyes, making sure things run smoothly and safety.
"I see people walking around, I don't always know why they're here but I know they're here for a reason," Faye Schaffar said.
Schaffar has lived at Capetown for about a year and a half.
"They [the staff] watch out for you," Schaffar said.
According to Beasley, residents at Capetown get the same care 24 hours a day.
"In our home, I'm confident that any hour of the day anything's going to be taken care of," Beasley said.
She says Capetown is overstaffed. Beasley says the state requirement just isn't enough
"If you try to run it like the minimum requirement, you're not going to be successful because it's just not going to work," Beasley said.
If you're looking for an assisted living facility, Beasley suggests that you consider a few key things:
· Ask to see inspection records
· Ask about staffing at the facility (e.i. Are they going beyond the minimum requirements?)
· Take a look at the emergency plans (e.i. Do they run regular drills?)
· Make sure the facility runs background checks on staff members
· Drop by the facility at random to make sure you get the real-feel of the facility